Our Water – Our Life: Indigenous Stories and Traditional Perspectives of Water Guardianship from the Great Lakes.


This interactive session explores traditional Ojibwe Anishinaabe perspectives and understandings of water through Indigenous language, storytelling, and lived guardianship. The historical perspective and inspiration for the contemporary Water Walk movement in the Great Lakes region is shared, as well as the rationale for continued advocacy, awareness, and protection. The perspectives and stories of major Indigenous role-models and Water Walk movement founders are presented as a model of collective understanding and discourse. Participants are asked to consider, reflect, and share their own cultural understandings, community perspectives, and stories of our most common and necessary element of life: water.